Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes Looks Utterly Wild Without Special Effects – SlashFilm


“Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” takes place on Earth a few hundred years after the events of “War for the Planet of the Apes,” which is set in approximately 2028. Nature has, for the most part, taken back the planet, with most building structures covered with greenery or destroyed by time. Instead of relying solely on digital backgrounds, director Wes Ball elected to shoot on location to help seamlessly blend the digital effects of the apes with a tangible world. As he told Collider during a Directors on Directing panel at WonderCon, “We probably had one blue screen set on the movie. For the most part, we’re out in real locations shooting with real actors.” This meant taking the risk of shooting in unpredictable environments in order to form a more realistic setting.

Ball also told Collider that to pull it off, there were many cameras utilized to capture every possible angle of the actors to assist with the later digital effects. “I’ve got a camera on one face, and I’ve got about half-a-dozen to two dozen infrared cameras that are hiding in the set, behind little things of leaves, or whatever, just camouflaged on the set, that are actually the technical craft process of capturing all of this information so that we can get it right,” he explained. This technique of blending practical sets with CGI enhancements also helps trick the brain — preventing us from involuntarily “looking for the seams” — and fall into a world of believability instead. “There’s about 30 to 40 minutes of full CG, which I don’t think people will be able to tell, there’s some scenes that you would never guess, just because that’s how it had to get done,” said Ball. “But it all started from a real camera, and a real world with real, physical actions.”

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